Pete Candler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied at Wake Forest University and The University of Cambridge. He taught theology and literature at Baylor University until 2013, and has delivered lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, both universities in Durham (Duke and the eponymous English one), and Gonzaga. His written work has appeared in Modern Theology, Communio, The Other Journal, New Blackfriars, First Things, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. His first book, Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, was published by Eerdmans in 2006. On the West Sands in St Andrews (pictured above), he decided to leave academe to write fiction and essays. He lives with his wife and four boys in Asheville, North Carolina.